Lori Kaye was killed while defending her rabbi in a shooting.
Lori and three others were transported to the hospital with gunshot injuries after a gunman entered her synagogue in San Diego County on the last day of Passover, and started shooting. She died at the hospital. Since the shooting, members of the congregation have spoken about Lori’s heroism during the attack.
Lori reportedly had gone to synagogue to pray for her mother, who died in November 2018, When she saw the gunman headed toward Rabbi Goldstein, she reportedly jumped in front of him to protect him. Goldstein was shot in the hand and lost his right index finger but survived the attack. Lori’s husband, who is a paramedic, arrived at the scene to help. Goldstein said he attempted to resuscitate her before fainting himself.
Those who knew her, remembered Lori for her kindness and love for her community.
“Lori you were a jewel of our community a true Eshet Chayil, A Woman of Valor,” her friend Audrey Jacob said. “You were always running to do a mitzvah [good deed] and gave tzedaka [charity] to everyone. Your final good deed was taking the bullets for Rabbi Mendel Goldstein to save his life.